Households report improvement in electricity supply

Nigeria energy levelsBy EMEKA OKONKWO

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – MOST Nigerian households have reported some improvement in power supplies in the third quarter of the year, a survey has established.

According to results of a power poll, while it had been the norm for most Nigerian households to receive between 0-4 hours of cumulative power supply from Q2 (second quarter) 2013 to Q2 2015, there was a turnaround in Q3 2015 as a higher proportion of Nigerian households (70 percent) received above 4 hours of cumulative power supply with an average of 9,7 hours.

According to NOIPolls, which carried out the survey, this figure represents an all-time high record of average daily cumulative hours of power supply received by Nigerians since the privatization of the power
sector.

“This therefore depicts an improvement in power supply to Nigerian households, even as a considerable proportion of households (13 percent) confirmed they received between 19-24 hours of power supply,” NOIPolls
stated.

According to the agency, the improvement in power supply over Q3 2015, climaxed in September 2015 as Nigerians received an average of 10,8 hours of power supply.

Recent improvement in the power sector has been reported to be a direct positive reflection of peaked generation of power over this period with an all-time high of 4 800 megawatts in September 2015, the company noted.

“This means that on the side of an electricity consumer, preferably a small scale entrepreneur who experienced increased daily cumulative hours of power supply over this period, this spells reduced operational cost especially in the use of alternative sources of power supply.”

The opinion poll was conducted from April 2013 to September 2015, involving telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample.

Some 30 000 phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.

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